Change in automatic UNMAP in vSphere 7

For the past few weeks I've been testing some upcoming features in vSphere.beta. In so doing, I was seeing some odd UNMAP behavior. VMware did not appear to be honoring the different UNMAP values I set. So I opened a bug and I asked VMware development about it. After a couple weeks I was told... Continue Reading →

vSphere 7.0 U2 – iSCSI, vVols

VMware recently released Update 2 for vSphere 7, both ESXi and the vCenter. I'm going to cover a few of the new additions in this release, though not all, so I have put in the links to the READMEs. VMware updates used to be minor events, but more and more they are packing these with... Continue Reading →

VMware and iSCSI

The topic for this post is not one I’ve spent much time on, either in testing or documentation. It’s not that we don’t have customers that use iSCSI, but they are few and far between, and the subset of those who use VMware is even smaller. We tend to see iSCSI (and NFS for that... Continue Reading →

FC-NVMe on PowerMax detail

I've been delayed in updating my documentation for vSphere 7 and as we have a new release for PowerMax coming out soon, I can't publish what I have as it is intertwined with pre-GA material. Therefore I'm going to add some detail here about using FC-NVMe on PowerMax in vSphere 7 in the meantime. I'm... Continue Reading →

PowerPath/VE 7.0 – NVMeoF (FC-NVMe) support

A real short post to let you know that PowerPath version 7.0 released today with support for vSphere 7.0 and NVMe over Fabrics - or specifically FC-NVMe. I wrote about vSphere 7 and FC-NVMe here if you need a refresher. Dell EMC of course recommends using PP/VE as a best practice with VMware.    

vSphere 7, PowerMax and FC-NVMe

vSphere 7 is GA today and introduces support for NVMeoF or NVMe over Fabrics. The PowerMax has supported NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) since our last major release, 5978.444.444, at that time making the PowerMax a complete NVMe solution from host to back-end. Until now, however, FC-NVMe could not be used in VMware environments.  **************************Update****************************... Continue Reading →

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